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Fire starts in front porch, quickly spreads through Nisswa home

Local fire crews were called to fight a blaze at the home of John and Cathy Taylor on Gull Lake Drive outside of Nisswa.

The Nisswa Fire Department responded to the call at 8:08 to find the Taylor home ablaze. The Taylors were home when the fire started.

“It kind of started outside the front door (in a porch) and the neighbor came over, pounded on the front door, and told him he needed to get out. By then he had actually noticed it himself,” said Nisswa Fire Chief Richard Geike. “We’re still investigating that. We’re still going to do some investigating to find out why it started out there.”

The Taylors evacuate the home. There were no injuries.

Nisswa called for mutual aid to face the blaze. Departments from Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, Ideal Corners, Crosslake, and Deerwood joined in the fight. Deerwood also brought a portable air trailer to fill SCBA bottles with air. This meant that fire crews could refill air tanks without leaving the scene.

Geike said the home was of older construction and the fire spread quickly from the front porch, up the front steps, and into the second story. Fire crews were forced to attack the fire from the outside.

“One thing that gave us a problem was that the floor burned out at the top of the steps. In order to get at the upstairs we had to enter the upstairs through an outside window rather than trying to go up the steps. That made it a little harder,” Geike said.

Fire crews didn’t leave the scene of the fire until 1 p.m. after which they returned throughout the day to check for reignition. Geike offered his appreciation for the departments that responded for mutual aid.

“Those guys are great. The mutual aid we have in this town is unbelievable. That’s what keeps us going the way it is, the cooperation between apartments. If it wasn’t for mutual aid, this stuff wouldn’t get done the way it’s done,” Geike said.

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Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.